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Episode 10 — Celebrating the NCTE African American Read-In


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 11:08
Original Air Date Published January 01, 2009

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Celebrating the NCTE African American Read-In


Celebrating the NCTE African American Read-In

Make plans to join thousands of other readers in a celebration of African American literacy during the month of February!  Tune in for recommendations of both old and new titles by distinguished African American authors who write for teens.  Featured books range from historical novels to contemporary explorations of African American life in both urban and suburban settings.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of titles recommended in the podcast (as well as these additional recommendations) to take to the library or book seller.

Recommendations in this episode include

  • Copper Sun by Sharon Draper (Atheneum, 2007)
  • Day of Tears by Julius Lester (Hyperion, 2005)
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic, 2007)
  • Guardian by Julius Lester (Amistad, 2008)
  • Street Love by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad, 2006)
  • Game by Walter Dean Myers (HarperTeen, 2008)
  • When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright (Simon & Schuster, 2008)
  • After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam, 2008)

Jennifer also recommends

  • Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis (Wendy Lamb Books, 2004)
  • The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
  • The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake (Hyperion, 1999)
  • Bang! by Sharon Flake (Hyperion, 2005)
  • If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam, 1998)
  • Hush by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam, 2002)
  • Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam, 2003)
  • Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam, 2009)